Devotion - June 7, 2020

Devotion by Julia Shiver

Genesis 1:26-2:4a

Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’

So God created humankind in his image,

in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’ God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

Another Account of the Creation

In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

As I read these words this week, the tune from “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name” has been playing in my mind. This anthem was written by Linda Lee Johnson, with the music written by Tom Fettke. I don’t remember where or when I first sang this anthem, but it has brought me much comfort for many years. I was pleased beyond words when our choir director and choir embraced it and brought it to life. On gifting the music to our congregation, I dedicated this piece to all the musicians, past, present, and future, who have shaped the music in my life. I believe the words speak for themselves, so I will leave you with the opening lines. There are various arrangements on YouTube if you want to hear it. I have printed the words as our open and affirming congregation sings them.

When I gaze into the night skies

And see the work of your fingers,

The moon and stars suspended in space.

Oh, who are we that you are mindful of us?

You have given us a crown of glory and honor,

And have made us a little lower than the angels.

You have put us in charge of all creation:

Beasts of the field, the birds of the air,

The fish of the sea.

Oh, who are we?

Oh, who are we that you are mindful of us?

Dear God, I pray that we will come to understand the great treasure and responsibility you have given to us, Your creation. Amen.

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